Veteran national women's coach Xavier Gilbert believes local coaches and clubs should receive some blame for the lack of progress in women's football in Jamaica. Gilbert who coaches the women's Premier League champions Waterhouse and the schoolgirl champions Excelsior, has been involved in the national set-up with the Reggae Girlz teams at all age groups.
Although there has been criticism for the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the part they play in growing the women's game, Gilbert believes local women's coaches aren't as interested as they should be. He cited an example with Reggae Girlz coaches Hue Menzies, Lorne Donaldson and Andrew Price and their interactions with some of the coaches.
“Éverytime they have a camp in Jamaica, they encourage the coaches to come out and be a part, ask questions so that they can understand the objectives as to what the local players need to do. So they really make an effort to get the coaches involved but a lot of the times, I don’t think some of the coaches see it as necessary or really want to go and that’s part of our problem,” said Gilbert.
No local based player made the Reggae Girlz squad for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France and Gilbert believes fitness had a part to play. However, he says top local clubs who haven't been involved in the Women's Premier League recently, need to return to lift the standard of local women's football.